Earlier this year, federal deputy André Figueiredo forwarded a bill, which seeks to “grants Mr. Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton the title of honorary citizen of the Federative Republic of Brazil”, to the lower house of the Brazilian parliament.
The bill is yet to be voted on, but during his appearance at the VTEX Day event in Sao Paulo, Lewis said he is looking forward to receiving the citizenship.
“I want to spend more time here in Brazil,” the Briton said.
“It is such a beautiful culture. I´ve only been to Rio and Sao Paulo, but I want to come back for Christmas, New Year or something.
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“[Brazilian footballer] Neymar invites me every year, and [pro surfer] Gabriel [Medina] invites me every year, but I never had the chance…
“I´m waiting for my Brazilian passport,” Lewis joked.
Presidential hopeful in Brazil’s 2022 elections, Ciro Gomes, has backed the proposal.
“Hamilton, you already live in our hearts. With the honorary citizenship, you will be even closer to us,” Gomes wrote on Twitter.
To this Lewis responded with: “I’d be honoured”.